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Two Distinct Populations of Cavity-Nesting Honey Bees (Hymenoptera: Apidae) in South Sulawesi, Indonesia
Soesilawati Hadisoesilo, Gard W. Otis and Marina Meixner
Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society
Vol. 68, No. 4 (Oct., 1995), pp. 399-407
Published by: Kansas (Central States) Entomological Society
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25085613
Page Count: 9
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Two distinct cavity-nesting morphs of bees were collected in South Sulawesi, Indonesia. Morphometric analyses indicate that the smaller, darker morph corresponds to Apis cerana. The other morph is larger, with yellowish clypeus and legs. Discriminant analysis of the morphometric data yields an ellipse for this second morph that is distinct at the 95% confidence interval from those for the other recognized Asian cavity-nesting honey bees, A. cerana and A. koschevnikovi. Preliminary evidence indicates that the two morphs are largely allopatric in South Sulawesi, but they are sometimes found in close proximity (e.g., 12 km). If subsequent study demonstrates little or no hybridization between the two forms, the larger "yellow" morph should be referred to as Apis nigrocincta F. Smith, 1861, based on the similarity to the type specimen collected by A. R. Wallace in Sulawesi.
Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society © 1995 Kansas (Central States) Entomological Society